An in-depth analysis of Disney+ launch in Europe & Covid-19’s impact

Disney+ lands in countries across Europe – excluding France – today amid a pandemic that very few saw coming. Analysts at TBI sibling Omdia take an in-depth look at the streamer’s launch offer, including the range of shows available, its comparable cost across territories, how it will reach consumers, and the impact of Coronavirus on […]

ITV Studios unveils ‘Romulus’ pre-sales, plus US and Oz drama deals

ITV Studios has announced deals for its European scripted slate, including a number pre-sales for its Latin language drama Romulus. Cattleya, Groenlandia and Sky’s Romulus (10 x 60’), which reconstructs the tale of the founding of Rome, has been acquired by HBO Europe and SBS in Australia. The SBS deal also includes two further crime procedurals from […]

History channel rebranded as Sky History in UK

A+E Networks UK and Sky are to rebrand the History channel in the UK as Sky History this spring. The two companies have run the channel as a joint venture for 25 years, and say that Sky History will have further investment in locally commissioned original programming in 2020 and beyond. The additional titles will […]

UK’s BT preps flexible pay-TV packages to compete with streamers

UK telco BT has launched a range of new ‘flexible’ TV packages in a bid to disrupt the country’s pay TV market and keep pace with the rising tide of streamers.  Launching on February 21, the company will offer 24-month flexible TV packages, which are designed to allow customers to upgrade, downgrade and add bolt-ons […]

Sky, HBO renew Iannucci’s ‘Avenue 5’

Sky and HBO have renewed Armando Iannucci’s Avenue 5 for a second season. Created and executive produced by Iannucci, Avenue 5 stars Hugh Laurie and is co-produced by Sky and HBO. It kicked off its first nine-episode run in January. Avenue 5 is set forty years in the future when travelling the solar system is […]

Sky and HBO’s ‘The Third Day’ gets immersive with Punchdrunk

Sky Studios, HBO, Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B and immersive theatre specialists Punchdrunk and writer Dennis Kelly have partnered to create a live event experience around upcoming drama series The Third Day. Starring Naomie Harris and Jude Law, The Third Day project will tell three, stand-alone but interconnected stories, on Sky Atlantic, as well […]

Sky unveils slew of original shows and recommissions

Sky unveiled a swathe of new commissions and reorders in drama, comedy and entertainment last night, at a lavish 2020 Up Next programming showcase held at the Tate Modern in London. Fronted by Chris Evans, the event hosted talent such as David Schwimmer, Nick Mohammed, Maisie Williams, Billie Piper, Dynamo, Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, […]

Sky misses BAME target on writers but exceeds ambitions on screen

UK-based pay TV operator Sky has failed to hit its own target on the diversity of writers for its shows, after unveiling interim results from its tracking of BAME inclusivity on screen and behind the camera. In the 12 months to the end of September, BAME representation on screen across Sky’s entertainment channels was 31%, […]

Sky nears Disney deal, reveals plans for documentary and nature channels

UK-based pay TV operator Sky is on the brink of securing a distribution deal for fledgling streamer Disney+ and is preparing to launch two new factual channels, Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature. Plans for the channels follow the launch of Sky Crime in October and Sky Comedy, which arrives on the platform today. The introduction […]

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